Bryson DeChambeau had already exceeded expectations by advancing into the Spherical of 16 at this week’s World Lengthy Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nevada, and on Friday, he had an opportunity to attain his final objective: to be topped champion.
The ultimate 16 gamers had been whittled down from an preliminary area of 80. With a view to make the Elite Eight, DeChambeau wanted to rank within the prime eight of the remaining 16 gamers by way of complete factors gathered over 5 hitting classes.
Within the Spherical of 16, every participant hits a most of 30 balls over 5 classes. In every session, the participant has two minutes and 30 seconds to hit six balls. The longest drive wins the session and earns 200 factors. Second place is price 100 factors, third place is price 50 factors and fourth place is price 25 factors. Gamers who hit each ball out of bounds obtain 0 factors. The eight gamers with the best cumulative factors complete advance to the Elite Eight.
With greater than 40,000 viewers tuning in stay to the stream on YouTube and a packed grandstand onsite, DeChambeau rose to the event.
Circumstances had been barely downwind, and at first, DeChambeau regarded as if he may not declare any factors in his first session, which included his mentor Kyle Berkshire, Martin Borgmeier and Nick Vorbeck. DeChambeau’s first drive went 389 yards whereas two of his rivals posted drives over 400 yards. However then, DeChambeau blasted his fourth drive 416 yards (!) to tie Borgmeier for the session win.
“He belongs! What a stud!” The commentator enthused.
DeChambeau was second his subsequent session with a drive of 387 yards — two yards shy of Wes Patterson at 389 yards.
In Session 3, DeChambeau pumped out two 400+-yard drives, however his 403-yard greatest was solely adequate for second to Colton Casto’s 404-yard pop.
DeChambeau had a fast turnaround into Session 4 — the second-to-last of his Spherical of 16 — and the strain was on to maintain performing. DeChambeau was amped up and engaged all through, gesturing to the group for noise and shouting after his greatest drives. Hello greatest drive of 396 yards was solely adequate for third although, behind drives of 397 and 408 yards.
With just one session remaining, a win grew to become vital for DeChambeau, whose level complete had him on the bubble in ninth place. Because the competitor instantly forward of him, Canadian Ryan Gregnol, fell to the bottom with an damage, DeChambeau maintained his focus to blast a 394-yard drive — and extremely, he gained the session!
With a complete of 500 factors, DeChambeau ended up eighth out of 16, which means he simply certified for the Elite Eight, and took one step nearer to claiming the World Lengthy Drive crown.
Within the Spherical of 8, which commenced straight away after a fast re-seed, gamers had been divided into two teams of 4. Every participant acquired six photographs, and the 2 longest drives in every warmth qualifed for the ultimate 4.
Although DeChambeau put in a valiant effort, his greatest drive of 391 yards was wanting second place by six yards. Martin Borgmeier (397 yards) and Justin James (403 yards) ended up advancing.
What a journey it’s been!